The New Food Pyramid Celebrates Produce
The U.S. government has issued a revised healthy eating
pyramid, that visual guide to a well balanced diet that
helps us decide what foods make the best foundation for
our diet. Most Americans are familiar with the food pyramid,
and the new version will help people make healthy food
choices and control weight. New emphasis is placed on
regular exercise and smaller portions, and fresh produce
plays a greater part than ever in the food pyramid, which
has always helped people recognize the value of fruits
and vegetables in a healthy diet. Currently, many Americans
eat too much food, and choose foods low in nutritional
value. A diet rich in produce can change that. The new
pyramid advises people to:
- Choose whole grain breads over refined white
- Eat more whole fruits and vegetables, rather
than juices, for maximum nutritional value.
- Eat 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables every
day—4 ½ cups
for the average person.
- Eat more produce containing
fiber to help arterial health.